Monday, October 26, 2015

Show support for your colleagues: send an IOU

A message from Occupational Health.

October is Healthy Workplace Month, and Occupational Health would like to encourage employees to show their caring and support for others in the workplace.

Have you ever felt thankful for something a colleague did for you, or said to you, but didn’t show your appreciation? Now you can, with an I.O.U.

Sample IOU card image.“Partners for Mental Health” is an organization who seeks to transform the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and people living with a mental illness. One of their initiatives we have adopted is “Not myself today”. This campaign is getting people talking about mentally healthy workplaces.

This electronic I.O.U. card is a fun and simple way to show thanks to someone at work.

You can personalize it, customize it, and just have FUN with it! Send it electronically in an e-mail, or print it off and deliver the card yourself!  Distribute these cards around your workplace, or place them in common areas for people to use as needed.

Let’s stand up and show that our University community cares about everyone’s mental health at work!

Show someone you care today.

What will roads of the future will be paved with?

Research Talks logo.The roads we drive on can have a major impact on our lives – especially if the pavement is damaged which can make roads hazardous and dangerous. What if our roads were smoother, safer, and potentially even green?

Join Susan Tighe, founding principal and director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, at noon on Wednesday, November 11 for the next session of Research Talks entitled Roads of the future: environmentally-friendly and resilient pavement

Susan will share her vision for how sustainable roads and energy-generating solar pavement are paving the way for future commutes.

The series, hosted by the Office of Research, celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn more about some of the life-changing research underway at Waterloo.

Please register as seating is limited and registration will close when room capacity is reached. Feel free to bring your lunch – light refreshments will be provided. 

24 Hours of Waterloo winner named

Jordan Grant takes a selfie with his classmates in the background.

Thousands of votes were cast in this year’s 24 Hours of Waterloo contest, but there can only be one winner.

Jordan Grant took the top spot in the competition by capturing the #UWaterlooLife of over 40 Management Engineering students in his ultimate classroom selfie. Earning a staggering 658 likes in just 5 short days, Jordan walks away with not only bragging rights, but $500 to spend at Retail Services as well.

Want to know what #UWaterlooLife looked like on October 14? Check out the top 15 finalists’ photos on Facebook, or see all of this year’s submissions on Tint.

Thank you to all members of the Waterloo community for sending in their photos during 24 Hours of Waterloo. We can’t wait to do it all again in October 2016!

Getting excited about engineering with Go ENG Girl

Girls get organized into groups at the Go Eng Girl event.

This is the latest in a series of #UWCommunity stories that feature Waterloo in the community.

On Saturday, October 17, 110 young girls and families in our community joined us on campus to get excited about engineering at the popular Ontario-wide event, Go ENG Girl.

Hosted by the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), the Go ENG Girl initiative partners with universities across the province to provide opportunities for girls in grades 7 to 10 and one parent or guardian to visit their local campus and learn from female professionals, academics, and students about the world of engineering. While the girls enjoy fun, hands-on activities and student-run exhibitions, parents and guardians are treated to an informative session on the various paths one can take in a career in engineering.

“What sets Go ENG Girl apart, is that it’s designed for both the girls and their families. We know that parents and other guardians have a huge influence on a young person’s post-secondary education and career choices," says Claire Heymans, Go ENG Girl's program coordinator. "This event allows members of our community to become more informed about engineering as a preferred career option for themselves and for their children.”

The girls had opportunities to listen to a keynote address by current UWaterloo student, Hannah Gautreau, and engage in different stations, one of which was built around being in the position of electrical engineer. Presented with a make-believe town that had just experienced a blackout, working together, the group of girls had to decide and prioritize which buildings would receive power first. Forming a circle to represent an electrical circuit, they were taught how electricity travels and were empowered to make tough decisions that affect people on an everyday basis.

Girls hold hands in a circle at the Sedra Student Design Centre.While the number of female undergraduates studying engineering has increased in recent years, women are still vastly underrepresented in this field. By collaborating with ONWiE, the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Outreach department is helping to dispel stereotypes, encouraging young girls in our regional community to explore engineering with innovative activities and real-life examples of women who are excelling as professional engineers.

Monday's notes

Information Systems and Technology (IST) is holding a silent auction for the United Way campaign this week.


Seagram Drive closed until November 6

What's happening: Seagram Drive will be closed between University Avenue to Albert Street at the CN railway tracks.

When: Monday, October 26 to Friday, November 6.

The impact: Pedestrians and vehicles are asked to follow detour routes via Albert Street and University Avenue.

Link of the day

30 years ago: The Dog Who Stopped the War released in US theatres

When and where

Department of Fine Arts fourth year exhibition, "Flux", opening reception Monday, October 26, 12:30 p.m., Artery gallery in Kitchener. Exhibition runs Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.

Dogwhistles, Philosophy of Language and Political Manipulation, Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., LHI 1621.

High Risk Flu Clinics and Community ClinicsTuesday, October 27 to Thursday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

2015 Fall Symposium on Aging Research, Tuesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., University Club.

“Generics Don’t Essentialise People; People Essentialise People,” public lecture by Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield, UK, Wednesday, October 28, 10:00 a.m., HH 373.

Velocity Alpha: How To Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 4412. 

UWSA Annual General MeetingThursday, October 29, 9:00 a.m., DC 1302.

“Misleading and Morality,” public lecture by Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield, UK, Thursday, October 29, 10:00 a.m., HH 373.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Alfred C. H. Yu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Ultrasound imaging innovations for live monitoring of complex flow dynamics,” Thursday, October 29, 10:30 a.m., EIT 3142.

Soup and Bannock Thursdays at Aboriginal Education Centre, Thursday, October 29, 12:00 p.m., STP 228.

Water Institute WaterTalks Lecture Series featuring Dr. Dustin Garrick, McMaster University, “Pathways to Water Security for Rivers under Pressure: Water Markets and Transboundary Governance in Australia and Western North America.” Thursday, October 29, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Buerger Katsota Architects, “de un re: Recent Works 2010-2015,” Thursday, October 29, 6:00 p.m., MLH-1001, School of Architecture.

“Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Academia,”
 public lecture by Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield, UK, Friday, October 30, 11:00 a.m., HH 373.

Hallowe'en Luncheon Buffet, Friday, October 30, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

2015 Farvolden Lecture featuring David Rudolph, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and founding Executive Director of the Water Institute, University of Waterloo, “A Renaissance in RegionalHydrogeology: In the Footsteps of Farvolden.” Friday, October 30, 2:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Noon Hour Concert: Attacca Quartet plays Haydn, Friday, October 30, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

President's Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, November 3, 10:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre.

ECU Lunch ‘n Learn featuring Eva Englehutt, CFP – Wealth Management, “Retirement: Are you ready!” Tuesday, November 3, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302. RSVP to Janet Redman by Tuesday, October 27 by e-mailing or calling 519-742-3500, ext. 2221.

Ecosystem and Resource Management in Protected/Natural Areas Guest Lecture Series featuring Josh Shea, Ecosystem Management, City of Kitchener, Wednesday, November 4, 1:00 to 2:20 p.m., AL 105.

Velocity Alpha: Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m., EV3 4412.

Soup and Bannock Thursdays at Aboriginal Education Centre, Thursday, November 5, 12:00 p.m., STP 228.

Post-Conflict Columbia: Writing trauma and the challenges of translating it, Friday, November 6, 11:00 a.m., HH 1108.

CBB Bioinnovations Seminar featuring Charles Cooney, Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus, and Faculty Director, Emeritus Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT, “Accelerating Academic Research into Commercial Impact,” Friday, November 6, 11:00 a.m., DC 1302.

Ecosystem and Resource Management in Protected/Natural Areas Guest Lecture Series featuring Kristyn Ferguson, Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Friday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., AL 105.

Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

Remembrance Day interfaith service, 10:45 a.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. 

Research Talks featuring Professor Susan Tighe, "Roads of the future: environmentally-friendly and resilient pavement," Friday, November 11, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Noon Hour Concert: Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University Chapel.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 1, Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101.

"The Terrible Truth about Canadian Crime: No Justice for Women" featuring visiting lecturer Professor Kim Pate, Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

Soup and Bannock Thursdays at Aboriginal Education Centre, Thursday, November 12, 12:00 p.m., STP 228.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 2, Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101.

TEDxUW 2015, Saturday, November 14, CIGI Campus.

WISE Lecture Series presents Professor Doris Sáez Hueichapan, associate professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, “Design of a Participatory Model/Microgrid/Smartfarm system for Mapuche Indigenous Communities,” Tuesday, November 17, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304. 

Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., QNC room 1506.

Velocity Alpha: How Not To Run Your Company Into The Ground (From People Who Did), Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., EV3 4412.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Thomas Willett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program, “A tissue mechanist found in translation,” Thursday, November 19, 2:30 p.m., E5 2167.

Ecosystem and Resource Management in Protected/Natural Areas Guest Lecture Series featuring Leonardo Cabrera, Ecologist Team Lead, Rouge National Urban Park Initiative, Parks Canada, Wednesday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., AL 105.

Velocity Fund Finals, Thursday, November 26, 11:00 a.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

WaterTalks Lecture featuring John Reynolds, Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Conservation, Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Aquatic Conservation, Simon Fraser University, “Salmon-fuelled ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest.” Thursday, November 26, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.